Arab Philanthropy: Insights into Strategic Giving

Arab Philanthropy: Insights into Strategic Giving

January 9, 2017
Alma Schneider
Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues

The past decade has seen gradual developments in Arab philanthropy in Israel. While most Arab philanthropy remains almost entirely within traditional and religious charitable customs, there are now Arab organizations and leaders who are looking at it as a vehicle for systemic social change. This is a result of a number of factors: the growth and visibility of Israeli Jewish philanthropy, growth of an Arab middle class and business community, increased investment in Arab economic development by the Government of Israel, by Jewish Israeli and overseas philanthropy in Israel’s Arab community, and by growing interest in strategic social change initiatives in Israel’s Arab society.